Canon EOS M10 came up late in October 2015 as a statement of Canon that now, this Japanese Photography mogul is starting to be more serious in Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera market. This is the camera that was released to target new camera user or the one who just entered to the photography world after moving from smartphone camera. Looking at this target market, it’s obvious that M10 will not offer something more than simplicity and ease. And these ideas can be seen on this Canon EOS M10 review, which includes design, features, performance, and price.
Canon EOS M10 Review
Principally, entry-level mirrorless camera is aimed for them who are not happy with their smartphone camera, but not ready for more serious equipment yet. So, they are looking for a device which is simple, compact, and produces DSLR-Like kind of images. And Canon EOS M10 is there for it. At glance, this camera looks a lot to its brother, Canon EOS M3, but with much simpler interface and control. So, will this camera produce as better image as M3? Let’s find out in Canon EOS M10 Review.
Compact camera concept is really reflected on M10 design. The camera goes with body dimension around 108 x 67 x 35 mm and 301 g of weight including battery. With this dimension, holding this camera won’t be as burdening as holding big bulky DSLR. The body is made of plastic, but the build quality seems solid and sturdy. However, for you who has smaller arm, holding M10 by using only 1 hand could be a little bit difficult. Especially, it’s because the device doesn’t have right-hand grip area and the body is smooth and glossy. So, holding it with two hands is much better since the camera can be so much slippery sometimes.
Looking deeper to Canon EOS M10 review on design, we can see that the camera doesn’t have complex control. Instead, users are offered much simpler control by employing some automatic shooting modes. As a result, there’s only few buttons lay on the camera sides. On the top side, there are video-record button, power button and shutter release. The shutter release button is surrounded by setting dials for doing some adjustments. There is a pop-up flash sitting on the top side of the camera too.
Moving to the back side, we can see a 3 inch LCD screen. This is a 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD that can be tilted up up to 180ᵒ for selfie and video vlog. With this tilting up LCD, it’s obvious that Canon is trying to target teenage users who like to take selfies and doing vlogging. Some Canon EOS M10 Reviews also says that the camera will automatically start the selfie mode after this display is tilted up. Next to the display, there are menu button, playback button, and navigation pad. A thumb grip is also placed on side of the screen to lay your thumb on when shooting.
Canon EOS M10 Features
There is nothing really extravagance in the new Canon EOS M10. The lens used is still the same 18-megapixel APS-C sensor as the one used in EOS M back in 2012. But this time, Canon updates it with the new 49-point hybrid phase-detection Hybrid CMOS AF II autofocus system. Obviously, this is aimed to pay the disappointment Canon received due to the bad AF system on the previous EOS M. It’s even claimed that this AF system is 2.4 faster than the previous one.
Furthermore, as explained on most Canon EOS M10 Review, you will also get a Lens kit inside the package. And this time, this kit lens is Canon’s brand new EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. This is a very compact collapsible lens that saves more room than other big Canon’s EF Lens. However, if you want to attach other EF-EOS M lens you can take Canon EF lens adapter to make it possible.
ISO performance is also not that bad. However, the camera has typical ISO capability of the most of nowadays DSLRs, which ranges between 100 all the way up to 12800. This ISO still can be extended to be 25600 for very low light condition. But, increasing too high ISO will affect on the noise that will probably appear on the photo.
Then, under the hood, user should be satisfied with DIGIC 6 processor only. Surely, you can’t expect that this will be as fast as the new DIGIC 7, but it will be enough if your aim to buy this camera is not for too serious photography. And as a result of using this processor, it’s possible for M10 to achieve 4.6fps of shutter speed.
Video Recording and Connectivity
Let’s continue this Canon EOS M10 Review with video recording capability topic. In the video recording capability, Canon EOS M10 is able to take FULL HD video with 1920 x 1080 pixels of maximum resolution. This is the resolution that can be achieved with standard frame rates, which are 25 and 30 frames per second.
But, if you want to make higher frame rate video for more smoothness and clarity, you need to sacrifice the resolution by reducing it to be 1280 x 720 pixels. So, the 50p/60p video modes will be available. Video file will be saved in form of MP4. There is no hot shoe available, so you can’t attach any external lighting. Electronic viewfinder is not available too. Therefore, viewing shooting object will fully depend on the back LCD screen.
On the connectivity, NFC and WiFi are settled on board. With these, sharing photos will be easy as bringing your NFC-capable device such as smartphone and tablet up close to the NFC Zone on the camera. Besides, cloud service-based file transfer is also available. While on the power supply, Canon entrusts the power of EOS M10 on LP-E12 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. This battery is claimed to offer 65 minutes of video recording or 255 shots in one fully charge. More detail about specification can be found on canon web.
Canon EOS M10 Performance and Price
Overall, we end up Canon EOS M10 Review with performance and price. Overall, the Canon EOS M10 has a good image result in both indoor and outdoor. The image is not that good, but it is above average compared to what competitors in the same price range offered. Thanks to 18 megapixels APS-C sensor it has. While for the low light photography, the ISO is not working that good. Noise can be seen in ISO 1600.
And also, the DIGIC 6 processor is not performing so good as well. We can still feel shutter lag at some points. Therefore, shooting fast moving object by using this camera is definitely not a good idea. Lastly, we’re talking about price. For you who are interested with this Canon EOS M10 Review and want to move to more advance photo-dedicated device, you can bring the Canon EOS M10 by paying around 599 USD. This price is already included a kit lens, and several accessories inside the box.